TEXAS HILL COUNTRY FLY FISHERS
Trout Lease Program
The Club's TROUT LEASE Program's purpose is a conservation program designed to extend Texas game fishing resources by maintaining and stocking area leases with trout. The Trout Lease program runs from December through April of the following year. The program encompasses several private access creeks and ponds in the Fredericksburg and Kerrville areas, strictly barbless hooks, catch and release only.
Randall Sansom demonstrates trout CPR on a new stocker.
Lease sign-up (varies: beginning about mid-November each year) is available to current club members with a prepaid club membership for the club year following the reservation year. For example, for the 2024 lease reservation period beginning Nov 2023, a pre-paid 2024 club year membership is required: Dec-15-23 to Dec-5-24 the following year.
Eligible club members (at the time of the sign-up period) receive the first personal invites to join in the lease. Registration is online only. Mailed-in, phone calls, reservations and otherwise incomplete applications cannot not be accepted.
The Lease Access Fee varies from year to year and is based on the cost of lease water's rent, pounds of fish needed to be purchased, and amount of feeding required for the season.
The Trout Lease Program is fully self-supporting through leasing fees and private donations. No THCFF club operating funds are used for the THCFF Lease Program.
Lease members may bring one fishing guest per day. Passes are lease specific and can be purchased by lease members. Only one guest is allowed per lease member per lease. Members who choose to fish two or more leases in one day must purchase a guest pass for each lease.
The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife considers trout a non-invasive species and stocking trout into waterways is not a threat to area Texas Wildlife.
Our lease management team is continually looking expand the program by acquiring additional lease waters. If you have waters you want to lease or know of potential lease waters please contact us at
THCFF Fish & Lease Manager
Don Anderson - Freshwater guide and fly fishing instructor
Don Anderson is an active member of THCFF and serves as the club's Fishing Lease Manager. Don's passion is teaching others to fly fish, accurately cast, and tie flies. Don's fishing passions are Carp fishing and Euro/tight-line style fly fishing.
Don is a life long sportsman with most of those years fishing the Texas Hill country. Don co-hosts a podcast, Roll Cast Podcast for fly fishermen who want to explore all aspects of fly fishing. When Don is not guiding or teaching he is a professional taxidermist/artist.
Children's Fishing Program
The CFP is a THCFF Trout Lease endeavor, spearheaded by Don Anderson, the THCFF trout lease manager. The program's mission is to introduce young people to the sport of fly fishing. The first fishing day is planned for the last fishing day of the Lease Program which takes place in April 2024.
Learn more... TroutLease@THCFF.org
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Lease Manager for 2022 is Don Anderson. The leases' first stocking is in December and the fishing days extend through April, depending on seasonal water temperature changes. A second stocking often occurs in late January or early February.
In November email notifications are sent out to the previous year's lease-holders with remaining slots offered to all remaining club members on a first come first serve basis. People wanting to participate should be sure to read each club email for upcoming lease news. Available lease slots book very quickly.
The total number of lease-slots available each year are determined by the amount of available lease waters and the respective water conditions near the stock dates.
Great care is taken to make sure fishermen have plenty of fish available and fishing slots re not over crowded so lease membership is limited.
Lease holders are expected to assist with stocking and maintaining lease waters as part of learning effective game fish lease management.
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